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Barbara Rice

Barbara Rice

Friday, November 15th, 1935 - Wednesday, April 29th, 2020
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Obituary

Barbara Rice, 84, formerly of St. Joseph, went to meet her Lord & Savior Jesus Christ, Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at Pine Ridge Nursing Facility in Stevensville where she most recently resided.

Private family services will be held due to the current Covid 19 restrictions. A Celebration of Life Eternal will be announced at a later date. Burial will take place at North Shore Memory Gardens in Coloma. Memorial donations in Barb’s name may be made to Crystal Springs Church of God. Those wishing to sign Barb’s Memory Book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Barb was born November 15, 1935 in Benton Harbor to Willard & Martha (Skelley) Carpp. She graduated from Benton Harbor High School, Class of 1954. On February 18, 1956, she married William “Bill” Rice in St. Joseph. Barb worked for thirteen years at Williams Bros. Box Factory in St. Joseph, as well as taking care of her duties as a wife and mother. She was a former member of the First Church of God in St. Joseph where she taught Sunday School, worked in the nursery, and was active in the WCG-Women of the Church of God. Most recently she was a member of Crystal Springs Church of God in Benton Harbor. Barb enjoyed reading her Bible, and cherished the time spent with her family, especially the grand & great-grandchildren. Barb was a loving, friendly & outgoing person who will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Barb is survived by her children-Leah Rice of Bridgman, Clint (Christina) Rice of Stevensville, Wes (Chris) Rice of Spring Lake, MI, Sam Rice of Three Rivers; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bill, and two brothers-Willard & David Carpp.
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    Location
    Crystal Springs Church of God - Benton Harbor
    Address
    1465 Pipestone St.
    Benton Harbor, MI 49022
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    Private Family Services will be held with a public service held at a later date due to the COVID-19 precautions. Memorial donations in Barbara's name may be made to Crystal Springs Church of God.
  • Interment

    Location
    North Shore Memory Gardens
    Address
    5027 M-63 North
    Coloma, MI 49038
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    Private Burial will take place

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Tamara Powley Cox

Posted at 11:39am
Hi Everybody...
I am so very sorry for your loss! My heart breaks for you. I loved growing up next door to your family and getting to know you all. Your mom and dad were always quick with a hello, and then we'd catch up on what was going on. Mrs. Rice's smile was always heart warming! I pray God carries you through these hard times. Know that I am thinking about all of you and embracing you with a hug!
Love to you all!
Tammy Powley Cox
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Josephine Smith

Posted at 10:50pm
With heartfelt sympathy during this difficult time. God bless the Rice family.
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Mildred Christians

Posted at 03:43pm
So sorry to hear of Barb's passing. Several years ago when my husband, Raymond Arent, and I woould go to the Dairy Corner for Ice cream, we would many times chat over the fence with Barb and Bill. Those are memories that will live on. May she rest in peace ans be with her family gone before and prayers for the ones left behine. She will be greatly missed.

Ann Kitron

Posted at 11:38am
Oh my goodness! Barb was one of my faithful prayer warriors who, along with Bill helped me as a single mom through rough times years ago. I could count on her and Bill to listen, pray and advise me. AND she would drop everything to babysit my daughter. She also helped me out when I had a home daycare. She was a wonderful friend who welcomed me into her home whenever I dropped by. God truly blessed me with her friendship. She was a positive Christian influence on my life. I thank God for Barb. I’ll see her again some day! ❤️❤️❤️
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